The area of Borough and Bankside is well on its way to becoming a foodie paradise with lots of new restaurants and bars opening, as well as the unique Borough Market. We went for Sunday lunch at Hixter Bankside, one of chef Mark Hix’s stable of restaurants in London. I say lunch, it was close to 5 o’clock by the time we sat down; whatever – Sunday lunch is a moveable feast – as long as it’s actually on Sunday!
The first thing to say is how impressive the space is: it has a large dining area, private dining rooms, and a large bar area on the lower floor, all with a contemporary decor channelling its former use as a metal factory, complete with several artworks (see gallery).
The menu features largely speciality steak and chicken: all beef is from shorthorn, Hereford and Aberdeen Angus breeds, aged in a Himalayan salt chamber, while chicken is from the Goosnargh and Indian Rock breeds. There are vegetarian options as well as a brunch menu at the weekend. The three of us went for the Sunday roast from the a la carte menu, two for the half a roast Indian rock chicken while the third chose the roast ‘might-marbled’ sirloin.
As you can see in our photos, portions are large so make sure you’ve got a big appetite before you go. There was so much chicken I ended up taking half of it home in a doggy bag! The sirloin and the chicken were superb, both moist and tender with a mouth-watering flavour. The star of the show, however, was the Yorkshire pudding – these have got to be the biggest Yorkshires this side of Sheffield, and absolutely dee-lish-ous. It all came with as much gravy as you want and a big plate of roast potatoes and veg.
For drinks, two of us went for bottomless red wine with the other choosing the bottomless Mimosa, a mix of Prosecco and orange juice, both priced at £20 pp. If you’re in the mood for a few drinks with your Sunday lunch, this is a good deal, as the wine and Prosecco are really good quality. Food is reasonably priced too, considering the standard, with the chicken at £17.95 and the meat at £19.95.
All in all, Hixter Bankside is a great addition to the ever-growing number of places to eat in this area; we’ll definitely be going back to try some of the other dishes on the menu.
Hixter Bankside, 16 Great Guildford St. London SE1 0HS